Monday, 15 July 2019

Featuring all the ships that come and go and work at the Port of Dover ..
... with further coverage of the surrounding ports.

Sea News Dover

DFDS: 15% off fares plus FREE WINE book by 15th....see 6390
Port of Dover: Chief Exec EU statement 6373

DFDS New Ship for Channel see 6303
DFDS Europe's award winning Ferry Operator 6332
Port of Dover : Virgin Voyages 6289
Port of Dover: Brexit Resilience 6123

P&O Ferries: Alternative Euro Breaks 6298
P&O Ferries: Record Fundraising for Lifeboats see 6253
Port of Dover: Reducing Carbon Footprint 6332
Port of Dover: New Cargo Manager see 6205
DOVER MARINA Open Day 6358

Thames Estuary Forts 6250
SS Richard Montgomery at rest (WW II Supply Ship ) 6329
Premier Inn completes see 6149 plus

Scroll down and over to see the Boudicca D-Day pictures in several posts...
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Post 6359
  Patrick, Marine Parade
A few more shots of the impressive cruise liners that have graced our Port in the last few days


The newest of the 'Celebrity' 5 fleet launched in 2012 with a length of 319 metres (over 3 football pitches) with 15 decks. Can accommodate over 3,000 passengers, has 1,523 cabins and a crew of 1,246

Here alongside in Port and dwarfing the new and old - The Prince of Wales Pier Lighthouse and the defunct cafe building, and extreme bottom right - the new marina pier end shelter

On 23rd June another vast tower block of a liner - Royal Caribbean's 'BRILLIANCE OF THE SEAS'
Launched 2002. Up to 2,500 passengers with a crew of 848. Measuring 292 metres with 12 decks

And on Friday 5th July we look forward to seeing a new Saga Ship - the 'SPIRIT OF DISCOVERY' official naming by the Duchess of Cornwall with inaugural 13 night round Britain cruise on her maiden voyage starting from Dover on 10th July.

Monday, 24 June 2019 - 23:09
Post 6358
  Sea News, Dover

2019 Dover Marina Open Day returns for the whole weekend

With taster sessions, life jacket checks, a free flare amnesty and many more activities, the Open Day is back bigger than ever on 6th and 7th July from 10am until 4pm.

As well as hosting a fantastic group of exhibitors (below), the Port will be showcasing its brand new Marina, due to open next year as a key part of the £250 million Dover Western Docks redevelopment. So come along and meet the marina team for first-hand information and advice.

Chris Windsor, Marina Manager at the Port of Dover says:

“We are really proud of our excellent facilities and location, which make Dover one of the best known marinas on the South Coast. With our brand new site due to open next year, and more exhibitors attending than ever before, we are really looking forward to showcasing our superb services to our existing and new boating fans.”

Exhibitors include:

DOVER RNLI will be carrying out life jacket checks, or you can go for a tour and have a chat with the crew.

Clarke & Carter - speak to the largest yacht broker on the Kent Coast, whose new offices will be opening in Dover next year.

Ramora UK - disposal of old flares and marine pyrotechnics.

Cruising Association Kent – meet the largest organisation for cruising
sailors and motor cruising enthusiasts.

Viking Maritime Skills Academy - the leading cruise ship and superyacht crew management specialists, offering career opportunities and training.

Boat-Shift Marine Transport - an established specialist boat and yacht haulage firm based locally, near Folkestone.

UK Border Force will be on hand with free giveaways and marine information.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service talk fire safety and offer equipment testing.

Dover and Deal Sea Cadets - children can gain boating and other qualifications including first aid and catering.

Wetwheels/Dover Seasports Centre - Wetwheels boats improve the quality of life and equality of opportunity for all disabled people.

Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Club - a premium yacht club on the South coast of England.

Plus local refreshments!


Many thanks to the team at the Port of Dover for the info above.... Smiley

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'ANNY' under way in the wild tough rough conditions late last week...
pictures show her just outside the western exit and feeling the breeze.

See also Patricks shots further below 6353.

We will have pictures of Brilliance of the Seas following along in due course.



Monday, 24 June 2019 - 06:50
Post 6357
  Sea News, Dover
Some more pictures of the Celebrity Reflection now to accompany the latest one currently showing at top of page. It shows the ship leaving us for Le Havre on Friday evening at 7.35pm approx (19.35). As you can see ..'twas on a gorgeous evening too...

The pic below was taken earlier in the day on a different camera showing slightly different colours...this pic taken in an effort to show the sheer scale of the ship as it dwarfs all around it. Hopefully it does...
Celebrity Reflection.

Yes its certainly big Phil. Just as light faded last evening saw an even bigger one... the Queen Mary passing us by here in Dover, all 150,000 tons (almost) of her. It was just too murky to get a picture of that one this time...


Another magnificent cruise ship in today...Brilliance of the Seas...

Sunday, 23 June 2019 - 06:09
Post 6356
  Phil C, Dover
How can cruise ships that tall truly be stable? Always look like disasters waiting to happen to me

Saturday, 22 June 2019 - 19:47
Post 6355
  Sea News, Dover
And now...the magnificent stunner...Celebrity REFLECTION
as she arrives with us here in Dover yesterday morning Friday. Time of first pic 05.56

Dover was on the itinerary of a cruise that began in Dublin and went on to other Irish destinations Belfast and Cork/Cobh plus...
She left us for Le Havre last evening and will eventually finish in Amsterdam.
A hugely impressive ship...and of course very big. Approx 320 metres long and weighing in at 125,000 tons plus.
We will have more pictures of her in due course.


Nice collection of wild pictures below Patrick... I got a couple of that one too...will follow along in due course.Smiley

Saturday, 22 June 2019 - 07:00
Post 6354
  Patrick, Marine Parade
That of course should be 28m yacht 'ANNY' not 48m. The digits aren't quite what they used to be .....oops!

Friday, 21 June 2019 - 16:57
Post 6353
  Patrick, Marine Parade
A bit of a bumpy ride for the 48m yacht 'ANNY' as she departed yesterday where there was considerable swell beyond the confines of the outer harbour

Out through West

Back through East about an hour later

Friday, 21 June 2019 - 16:53
Post 6352
  Sea News, Dover
Boudicca returning from the Fjords

Yes indeed the ever busy Boudicca returning above there from her cruise to the Norwegian Fjords. Pictures taken very early on Tuesday morning 18th june… or in other words .. earlier this week. You can see her above there just as she enters the Port here in Dover.

She left again, as they do, later that day and here she is below moving across the harbour to leave by the eastern exit. Yours truly dashed off this pen and ink and watercolour drawing below just as she moved off ( without the use of pen ink or watercolour!! Smiley )

Boudicca off to enjoy the wonders of Iceland.

We spoke recently about the new lights in the harbour...some night pictures below now in an effort to show the new red lights. You can just see them at the end of the new 'arm' and at assorted other strategic locations...hopefully these night pix below show them well enough...


PS: There is a magnificent mighty 'whopper' in today...Celebrity Reflection Smiley

Friday, 21 June 2019 - 04:55
Post 6351
  Sea News, Dover
Saga Sapphire

Saga Sapphire was in with us yesterday and last evening set off for a 14 nighter in the Baltics. Previously...a week ago she set out on a 7 day cruise to the Norwegian Fjords...the pictures shown above were taken then...we never caught up with these pix but there we are now...

Last week we had the amazing shot of LNG tanker Arctic Lady just off Calais 6315.
Here we are now with a very similar ship with a very close name..perhaps a sister ship...this time its LNG tanker Arctic Voyager passing by yesterday morning at 09.40, her almost 120,000 tons moving south from the Norwegian gas fields to Barcelona. Always great to see these ships... its a bit foggy above there though...

Duzgit Harmony below. Our ol friend Duzgit had spent the night at the tip end of Admiralty Pier after servicing Boudicca, the crew would have had a splendid view of the spectacularly wild and electrifying weather down there. It was unusual for the ship to remain there...she set off then in the morning but no sooner had she left Port when she was called back to do the necessary with Saga looked like she wasn't going to be needed but then all changed at the last minute. So an about turn was necessitated...
... and here she comes back in to Port...

We will have some extra pix following soon of Boudicca arriving on... ermmm let me see...on Tuesday..

No sleeping here either Del... no chance.. SmileySmiley


Thursday, 20 June 2019 - 07:06
Post 6350
  Del Styan, Norwich
Glad you survived the thunder and lightning. I was woken up at around 3.00 am, but my wife slept through it all. Grrr!

Wednesday, 19 June 2019 - 23:08
Post 6349
  Sea News, Dover
Following along from my earlier post below...
here we are with the 'missing' three pictures from that post.
The Atlantic Reefer arriving on Sunday from Vlissingen in the Netherlands...

See also todays main post below...
and see also Mike's earlier shot of Atlantic Reefer in 6346.


Wednesday, 19 June 2019 - 08:06
Post 6348
  Sea News, Dover
Back to saturday now and we see the Luzon Strait depart in the pictures below for Bridgetown in Barbados. She came elegantly across the harbour this time in the watery sunlight to leave by the western exit...which of course suits us well as it presents further picture opportunity...keep doing it guys...Smiley

Here she goes....

Yours truly had intended to include Atlantic Reefer in this post as well to follow along from Mike's shot but annoyingly have had a slight malignant malfunction in the personal will catch up with those later. Bear with..

This DFDS item below is outside our usual Channel remit but will include this time as of course this website is seen further afield ...

Revel in the retro disco beats of 80s funk and soul of Imagination and Odyssey

• From disco divas to funk-soul brothers, music fans with a love of 80s nostalgia are being offered the chance to party on a North Sea Soul cruise this autumn.

What do Level 42, Martha and the Vandellas, Craig Charles and the Brand New Heavies have in common? They’ve all headlined North Sea Sounds – award-winning ferry company DFDS’s floating concerts, held on board its Newcastle to Amsterdam ships each year.

The line-up for 2019 includes 80s flamboyant funk trio Imagination featuring Leee John, and disco legends Odyssey. They will play full sets featuring hits including 'Body Talk', 'Use It Up' and 'Native New Yorker' as the ship sets sail from Newcastle on 8 November.

Early bird prices for the two-night mini cruise start from £94 per person each way for bookings made before 16 October 2019. The price includes cabin accommodation for overnight outbound and return crossings, plus dinner and breakfast each way. Guests will arrive in Amsterdam at 10am on 9 November and have up to five hours to explore the Dutch city before returning on an overnight sailing, arriving in Newcastle at 9.15am on 10 November.

Imagination are fronted by Leee John, one of the pioneers of black British music, tracing the roots of his sound to the deep soul of 1970s America. The group broke box office records with a series of London shows in the early 1980s and sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, with popular hits including ‘Body Talk’, ‘In and Out of Love’ and ‘Music and Lights’. Leee released his most recent album, Retropia, in 2017. As well as chalking up over 40 years of chart success, Imagination’s music has influenced other chart-toppers including Destiny’s Child and Mariah Carey.

Oydssey’s best-known smash hit ‘Native New Yorker’ came from their debut album and was an international hit in 1977. Fronted by Lillian Lopez, the band produced a string of hits in the 1980s, including 'Use It Up and Wear It Out’ and ‘If You’re Lookin’ for a Way Out.’ Now led by Lillian’s son, Steven Collazo, Odyssey continue to tour the UK and Europe and their music has been sampled by Tindersticks, and Electribe 101. Vocalist Romina Johnson is well-known for her collaboration with producer Artful Dodger on the 2000 hit ‘Movin’ Too Fast.’

The North Sea Sounds concept has been running on DFDS’ Newcastle-Amsterdam route for five years. Unlike other ferry mini cruise offerings, DFDS attracts star names, not tribute acts, for the sell-out voyages. The events are co-organised and promoted by Newcastle-based 'Jumpin’ Hot Club'.

Tickets for previous North Sea Sounds cruises have sold out within weeks and customers are encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment. For more information visit or call 0871 522 9955.


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This morning the observation tower is delightfully in one piece after a torrid night of crashing thunder and flashing lightning....I think I hear another rumble as I write and the sky is a delicious shade of black looking to the west.
Me timbers are a-bracin' for further rattlin' Smiley

Del Smiley


Wednesday, 19 June 2019 - 07:07
Post 6347
  Del Styan, Norwich
Wot - no pic of the befuddled pigeon.

Tuesday, 18 June 2019 - 23:05
Post 6346
  Mike J., Dover
An interesting selection from Patrick & Paul, here’s a bit of a mixed bag.

Arrival of ATLANTIC REEFER on 16/6 from Vlissingen.

AIS shows her making a brief Dover visit before returning to Vlissingen which seems a little unusual.
She’s now back deep-sea & crossing the Atlantic.
Her recent trading pattern has been Georgetown [Barbados] – Dover – Vlissingen - Dover – Vlissingen & now en route Parmaribo [Surinam].

Monday I was held up by the a test lift of the new Wellingtno Dock bridge. .A pigeon settled on the bridge when it was briefly almost vertical & seemed confused when his whole world started tilting but hung on until his nerve broke.

Mission Control

The cofferdam has been removed from the ‘outside’ lock gates into the new marina but the one at the Wellington Dock end of the cut remains so no craft have yet passed thru yet.
There is now water in the new channel.

The BOUDICCA sneaked in much earlier than expected at around 0400 from Eidford in Norway & was met by the DUZGIT HARMONY about 0800.

The BOUDICCA still carries her Royal British Legion ‘branding’
Apparently the lettering & poppies round the on the front of the accommodation is on some sort of canvas or tarpaulin & can be easily removed. [must have been boring for anyone whose nice view from their forward -facing cabin was blotted out].
The hull ‘decorations’ will probably need painting over - maybe they'll be left there for a while.

Tuesday, 18 June 2019 - 09:20
Post 6345
  Sea News, Dover
You can see the picture at the top of page currently...the tugs just having helped Pacific Reefer on her way...well here is the very same, moments later... Pacific Reefer on her way...

Another gloomy shot of the tugs above there. This is supposed to be 'Flaming June' but currently there is more flame in a flame-grilled Whopper...Smiley Since Pacific Reefer departed a few days ago we have had more reefers in to Port...we will catch up with those...

Just keeping the current gloomy theme...some pictures below of the Calais Seaways battling her way through the strong winds a few days ago..

Okay its not all gloom...we do get the odd moment of bright sunshine
AIDAaura moves away on what looks like a summer evening...
on her way to the Norwegian Fjords...

Changing the Varne Lightship...well I never! Good capture below there PatrickSmiley


Tuesday, 18 June 2019 - 04:53
Post 6344
  Patrick, Marine Parade
Double Take. Up on the Heights this afternoon. Out in the channel haze trained the binoculars on a distant outline where I knew the Trinity House vessel 'Patricia' was working with 'Alert'. You know how sometimes you get a double image if the lenses are not adjusted quite correctly, so thought the view before me needed a wee bit of fine tuning - only to be denied the single image I was looking for whilst twiddling the focus in both directions. Well, it turned out not to be so and to be the real thing. THV 'Patricia' was changing over the Varne Light Vessel and towing the old one back to the their base at Harwich. Strike a Light!

Monday, 17 June 2019 - 21:42
Post 6343
  Patrick, Marine Parade
A 'lost' yacht anchored near to the new Marina Pier on Friday obtains a helping hand from the Harbour Launch.

Monday, 17 June 2019 - 09:53
Post 6342
  Sea News, Dover


British ferry company P&O Ferries has been awarded the title of Best Sea Crossing Operator for groups at this year’s Group Travel Awards, in a ceremony which took place at Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel in London last week.

Featuring in a competitive category against other operators providing services between Britain and the continent, P&O Ferries were once again victorious, having previously held the title in 2016.

David Ashcroft, Key Account Manager, Group Travel at P&O Ferries collected the award on the night and commented, “It’s an honour to receive this award championing our services. Our dedicated Coach and Group Services team work hard to ensure that our offering meets the needs of many – giving great value for money, plus plenty of onboard facilities. Our sincerest thank you to everyone who voted for us.”

Now in its 23rd year, the Group Travel Awards celebrate the very best suppliers to the group travel industry. This year the awards ceremony was hosted by BAFTA award-winning television presenter Michaela Strachan, who welcomed winners from the 26 nominated award categories (voted for by readers of GTO magazine and the Group Travel Grapevine) and five special editor’s awards.

P&O Ferries is a leading pan-European ferry and logistics company, sailing 27,000 times a year on eight major routes between Britain, France, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, the Netherlands and Belgium. It operates more than 20 vessels, which carry 8.4 million passengers and 2.3 million freight units annually.

For more information on P&O Ferries visit For more information on the awards visit


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Above we have two pictures taken on Saturday of the Border Force cutter Searcher in the Port .. she is seen pausing above there between cruise terminals as we look across the 'workings'. There was more migrant activity in the Channel at the weekend and you can see a dinghy alongside...hard to tell in the pix if its a migrant dinghy or indeed one the Border Force use themselves. The picture below was taken a couple of days earlier...Searcher again, but a fair way out in the murky gloomy Channel.

Many thanks once again to the team at P&O Ferries for the information.


Monday, 17 June 2019 - 06:08
Post 6341
  Sea News, Dover
Bunker Ship Skaw Provider....

You see the vessel leaving the Port above there and then the pilot boat moving alongside. Skaw Provider had been providing bunker services for the Crystal Serenity when she was in Port a few days ago...just catching up with her now. In the picture below you can see her an hour earlier alongside Crystal Serenity... doing the necessary. In the final shot below...Crystal Serenity leaving an hour after Skaw Provider. Further pictures below page of Crystal Serenity....


Sunday, 16 June 2019 - 06:06
Post 6340
  Sea News, Dover
Now we have the early arrival of of the smaller Aida ships calling here at 43,000 tons approx. Pictures from last Tuesday... she was/is on a 14 day round trip from Hamburg ... highlights of trip include Dover, Gijon, Bilbao, St Malo, le Havre plus...
She was with us here in Dover on the same day as Sea Cloud II ( see further below ).
And here she comes....

Well done Mike - a nice all round collection below there...Smiley


Saturday, 15 June 2019 - 05:11
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